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    Alexandre Singh: A Gothic Tale

    Sep 7, 2019 - Apr 12, 2020 

    Featuring a new film and installation by French artist Alexandre Singh commissioned for the Legion of Honor, A Gothic Tale draws inspiration from the eponymous literary tradition of nineteenth-century Europe as well as San Francisco’s place in film noir history with Orson Welles’s The Lady from Shanghai (1947) and Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo (1958).

    Conceptualized with art historian Natalie Musteata, the exhibition premieres Singh’s debut short film, The Appointment, a mystery thriller of doubling and mistaken identity that embraces the fantastical and supernatural qualities of the Gothic tradition.

    The doppelgänger motif reverberates through the film and selection of prints, sculptures, and paintings drawn from the Museums’ encyclopedic collection, which are installed in a striking scenography of mirrored walls.

     

    Alexandre Singh, Film still from "The Appointment", 2019. Film, duration: 19:45. Courtesy of the artist, Sprüth Magers, Metro Pictures, Galerie Art : Concept, and Monitor

     

    Other French or Francophone things to do in the Bay Area:

     

    FRENCH RESTAURANTS, CAFÉS, AND BAKERIES NEAR UNION SQUARE:

    • Café Claude $$$ – 7 Claude Lane, between Kearny and Grant at Bush (Mme Jenks’ favorite!)
    • Café de la Presse $$ – 352 Grant at Bush (French magazines sold inside)
    • Cafe Bastille $$ – 22 Belden Place
    • Cafe Madeleine $ – 43 O'Farrell St. (at Grant Avenue)
    • La Boulangerie de San Francisco $$ - 222 Sutter St
    • La Fromagerie $$ - 101 Montgomery Street
    • Le Central Bistro $$$ – 453 Bush Street
    • Fleur de Sel Deli $$ - 308 Kearny Street
    • Aquitaine $$ - 175 Sutter Street
    • Plouf $$ - 40 Belden Place (Specializing in seafood dishes. In French, “Plouf” is the sound a stone makes when it drops into a stream.)
    • Bouche $$$ - 603 Bush St

     

    FRENCH SHOPS NEAR UNION SQUARE

    • Café de la Presse - 352 Grant at Bush (Here you can buy French magazines and books, or sit and enjoy un café.)
    • Teuscher Chocolates – 307 Sutter Street (Swiss chocolates and gifts)
    • Cartier – 199 Grant Ave.
    • Chanel – 156 Geary St
    • Lacoste – 172 Geary Street
    • BCBG – 845 Market St
    • Longchamp – 114 Grant Avenue
    • Yves Saint Laurent – 110 Geary Street
    • Cop-Copine – 352 Sutter Street
    • Diptyque – 73 Geary Street (French Candles, Scents & L'Eau de Toilette)
    • Hermès of Paris – 253 Post Street
    • Louis Vuitton - 233 Geary Street
    • Mont Blanc – 120 Grant Avenue (Upscale pens, leather goods, and accessories.)

     

    OTHER PLACES

    • Notre Dame de Victoires Church – 566 Bush Street, between Stockton and Grant. (French church founded in 1856 to serve the needs of French immigrants. The church’s façade is modeled after the Basilica of Notre Dame in Lyon, France while the interior is modeled after Saint Ambrose Church in Paris.)
    • French Consulate – 88 Kearny Street, Suite 60
    • Hôtel des Arts - 447 Bush Street

     

    Please let Mme Montas know if you discover something else to add to this list or if you find any mistakes! 

Last Modified on January 23, 2020